Castle Rock season 2 is going to be a prequel to Stephen King's Misery. The highly acclaimed Hulu series added Masters of Sex actress Lizzy Caplan to the cast as King's original nurse from hell at the beginning of this year. In addition to the new theme announcement, the streaming platform also released a brief teaser to get fans ready for the upcoming second season, which is sure to dive heavily into the author's source material and beyond. The show has already turned into an audience-favorite for taking the horror master's existing universe and bringing it to new places.
In Castle Rock season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. The second season will consist of ten episodes, just like the first season. In addition to Lizzy Caplan, the Misery-themed prequel series will also star Tim Robbins, Garrett Hedlund, Elsie Fisher, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, and Matthew Alan. The show is all set to return on October 23rd.
Castle Rock is a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, which combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) are set in there. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller - a first-of-its-kind reimagining that unites King's themes and worlds, and brings together the author's most iconic and beloved characters.
Castle Rock season 1 was met with generally favorable reviews from Stephen King fans and critics. With that being said, taking on the Misery prequel route should intrigue a lot of fans. The show has been praised for nailing the essence of King's work, which isn't exactly an easy thing to pull off. There have been plenty of adaptions of King's work made both on the big and small screen, but some are better than others. Castle Rock takes the source material and does something brand-new with it, which is definitely part of the allure.
Castle Rock is created and executive produced by showrunner Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw. J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, Vince Calandra, Stephen King, and Liz Glotzer also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. There's plenty of time to go back and check out the first season for a second time, or even for the first time to prepare for season 2. While we wait for the full-length trailer, you can check out a teaser for the Misery-themed prequel series below, thanks to the Castle Rock Twitter account.